When the Grants Program was implemented in 2017, nine permanent endowment funds provided funding of more than $50,000 to the program. Last year, the Foundation granted nearly $130,000 in funds to support community feeding programs, refugee tutoring and foster care programs, children and youth mission trips and VBS programs, senior adult care programs, educational assistance for pastors, technology assistance for churches and a wide variety of other worthy programs. This year the Foundation again has more than $100,000 available for the Grants Program.
The Grant Committee consists of volunteer Disciples church members representing northeast, central, southern and western Oklahoma. Members include Oklahoma Disciples Foundation board members, ministers, retired ministers and lay leaders.
In 2021, a new Legacy Initiative within the Grants Program was established. The impetus for the Legacy Initiative is Savanah’s Legacy Fund, a permanent scholarship fund to provide annual tuition assistance for Oklahoma youth to attend a Disciples of Christ sponsored church camp in honor of Savanah (Sam) Michelle Stanley, established by her family. Read Savanah’s story here. Each year, family and friends celebrate Savanah’s life by sending gifts so children, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford camp, can experience church camp. All gifts are tax-deductible.
ODF’s Grants Program has touched the hearts of individual donors who have seen the great needs within Oklahoma. One couple donated $5,000 as matching funds to help feed the insecure in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Disciples Foundation matched the couple’s donation with another $5,000, making $10,000 matching funds available to 2021 and 2022 feeding program grantees. Other donors have given unrestricted gifts directly to the grants program each year. Every penny of these grant gifts go directly to those churches submitting grant applications.
Today, 17 permanent endowment funds and individual gifts benefit the Grants Program for various ministries, programs and missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma. Within this group, the Children, Youth and Young Adults Endowment provides a portion of grant funds for Oklahoma and Kansas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) church youth programs. The remaining Grant Endowments support Oklahoma Disciples’ Church ministries locally and missions worldwide.
The Foundation is grateful for the many donors and churches that have supported the Foundation and the Grants Program.
The deadline for applying for 2023 grants is Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Checks and grant letters will be mailed in late March.
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